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Aug, 9, 2012

Reds win, Inter hang on

Liverpool eased past FC Gomel in their Europe League third qualifier by winning 3-0 at Anfield to progress to the next round 4-0 on aggregate.

Liverpool 3-0 FC Gomel

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Luis Suarez was the inspiration - and it seems Joe Allen is about to provide further cheer for the Anfield faithful.

After telling Swansea he wants to move north, Allen was present to watch Suarez create first-half goals for Fabio Borini and skipper Steven Gerrard as Belarus outfit FC Gomel proved no match for the Merseyside giants. Glen Johnson added another after half-time with a hammer of a shot.

Dundee United were dumped out by Dinamo Moscow after a first-half nightmare that saw them lose 5-0 at the Arena Khimki in Russia.

The Taysiders, who had it all to do following their 2-2 draw at Tannadice in the first-leg last week, failed to recover from a disastrous start when they went behind in the second minute to an Igor Semshov drive from the edge of the box.

Alexsandr Kokorin headed in the second after 22 minutes before midfielder Artur Yusupov ended any hopes the Scottish club had when he raced clear of the visiting defence to slip the ball past United's Polish keeper Radoslaw Cierzniak.

The second-half was more even in terms of possession but two late goals by substitute Aleksandr Sapeta made it 7-2 on aggregate for the Russians to complete a miserable night for the Scots.

St Patrick's crashed out after defeat in Hannover. The Dubliners entered the contest at the Hannover Arena already 3-0 down from the first leg at Richmond Park and goals in either half, from defender Karim Haggui and then midfielder Mario Eggimann finished the tie.

Inter Milan survived a scare against Hajduk Split to squeeze through 3-2 on aggregate against the Croatian side.

Inter led 3-0 from the first leg and would have hoped for a comfortable passage to the next round with tonight's game in the San Siro. But a penalty from Ante Vukusic after 23 minutes and Ivan Vukovic's goal with 58 minutes gone made for a nervous last half hour for the Serie A side.

Last season's beaten finalists Athletic Bilbao were made to work hard by Croatian side Slaven Belupo before edging through 4-3 on aggregate.

Bilbao, beaten in last season's final by fellow Spanish side Atletico Madrid, had led 3-1 from the first leg but twice went behind in the city of Koprivnica. The Croatians took the lead after 28 minutes through defender Alen Maras but Iker Muniain gave Bilbao some breathing space when he scored the equaliser two minutes into the second half. However, a second goal for the home side by Mario Gregurina with 21 minutes to go made for an uncomfortable end to the game for the Spanish side.

Danish side AC Horsens shocked Swedish rivals Elfsborg with an aggregate 4-3 win after winning the second leg 3-2 in Boras. With the tie 1-1 after the first leg it was the visitors who took the lead after three minutes through Lasse Jorgensen but three minutes later Lasse Nilsson had levelled the game up.

Thomas Kortegaard put the visitors back in front after 13 minutes but five minutes later David Elm had got Elfsborg a second equaliser. But nine minutes before half-time Kortegaard got his second which proved decisive for Horsens.

Belgian side Racing Genk went through 4-2 on aggregate after a 2-1 away to Aktobe Lento. Crvena Zvezda scraped through 6-5 on penalties against Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus after the game had finished 0-0 after extra-time, the same score as in the first leg in Belgrade.

APOEL Nicosia, who made history last season when they became the first Cypriot side to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League, defeated Aalesund 1-0 to complete a 3-1 aggregate win.

Legia Warsaw overturned a 2-1 first leg deficit to SV Reid with a 3-1 victory in Poland, Marek Saganowski, Miroslav Radovic and Danijel Ljuboja were on target before Robert Zulj got a consolation for the visitors.

Aleksander Prijovic scored as early as the ninth minute as Tromso won 1-0 away to Metallurg Donetsk to triumph 2-1 on aggregate.

FC Twente completed a comfortable win against Mlada Boleslav as a 2-0 win matched the first leg scoreline and Rosenborg had their away goal from the first leg to thank for their progress as they were held 0-0 at home by Servette.

Goals from Emmanuel Mayuka, Mario Raimondi and Raul Marcelo Bobadilla earned Young Boys a 3-1 aggregate victory against Kalmar.

Steaua Bururesti overturned a 1-0 deficit by defeating Spartak Trnava 3-0 and Videoton beat Gent 3-0 to make it 4-0 overall.

The tie between Cypriot outfit Anorthosis Famagusta and Georgian visitors Dila Gori had to be abandoned with seven minutes to go. The home side had won the first leg 1-0 in Georgia but after the visitors had gone 3-0 up in tonight's second leg the referee was forced to abandon the game because of crowd trouble.

Samuel Eto'o scored both goals, the second a penalty, as Anzhi Makhachkala won 2-0 against Vitesse Arnhem to complete a 4-0 aggregate win.

Lech Poznan had a consolation 1-0 win over AIK after losing the first leg 3-0 and Arsenal Kiev made it 5-0 against Mura with a 2-0 second leg victory.

PAOK Salonika beat Bnei Yehuda 4-1 to progress 6-1 and St Patrick's lost 2-0 to Hannover 96 for a 5-0 aggregate defeat.

Michal Duris netted a first half hat-trick as Viktoria Plzen thrashed Ruch Chorzow 5-0 to win 7-0 overall.

Bursaspor overcame a 1-0 first leg defeat with an emphatic 6-0 victory against KuPS Kuopio and an away goal from a first leg 2-1 defeat took Zeta through as they beat FK Sarajevo 1-0.

Sparta Prague drew 2-2 with Trenkwalder Admira to triumph 4-2 and Heerenveen went through 4-1 despite losing 1-0 away to Rapid Bucuresti.

Maritimo progressed on away goals after a 0-0 draw with Asteras Tripoli followed a 1-1 scoreline in the first leg.

Rapid Vienna overturned a 2-1 first leg deficit to go through after a 2-0 home win over Vojvodina.

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